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Friday, July 02, 2010

Definitions for evanescence

  1. A gradual disappearance.
  2. The state of becoming imperceptible.

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Citations for evanescence
This is one of the most beautiful circumstances connected with water surface, for by these means a variety of color and a grace and evanescence are introduced in the reflection otherwise impossible. John Ruskin, The Works of John Ruskin: Modern painters, v.1-5
But this was an evanescence, and quickly repented of, as it were, by an immitigable look, pinching and shriveling the visage into the momentary semblance of a wrinkled walnut. Herman Melville, Billy Budd, sailor: (an inside narrative)
Origin of evanescence
Evanescence is from Latin evanescere, "to vanish," from e-, "from, out of" + vanescere, "to disappear," from vanus, "empty."